Police called after “home invasion” robocall.
Updated: Friday, February 21 2014, 06:54 PM EST
GENESEO, N.Y. – An 11 year-old boy and his sister called police after receiving a cryptic automated phone call talking about “home invasions.”
“I hung up and I shut off one of the lights downstairs and I ran into my sister’s room.” said Jason Rivers, who thought the call was a threat against his home. “I just think it’s horrible people are doing that, it scared me.”
Rivers thought his home was about to be burglarized because of the message. His mother was not home, so both he and his sister decided to call the police.
It turns out Rivers’ story is not unique. Many across the country have reported receiving similar automated phone calls filled with crime statistics and warning about home invasions. There are also similar reports of children answering the phones and becoming scared because of the automated messages.
“I thought it was one of his friends,” Jason’s mother Donna said. “Then I called the number back and it said to ‘dial 1’ to be taken off the list…I’m still not sure what was going on.”
It’s not yet clear who is behind the automated messages.
The company that owns the number is Bandwidth, a telecom communications company, but a tech-support person with that company said Bandwidth isn’t aware of and isn’t responsible for the automated messages, but did say that Bandwidth may have sold that number to a company responsible.
13 WHAM has reached out to Bandwidth to try and find out more behind the company responsible for the automated robo-calls, and to see if any part of the automated calls violates the company’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Bandwidth has not yet responded to those requests.